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Premier Leaguue: Football resuming is a fight ‘money vs. health,’ said the club’s former doctor



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The decision was greeted with excitement by fans all over the world, but for many people there was fear.

The total number of deaths due to the corona virus in the UK now reaches 37,919, but the actual death rate is believed to be much higher.

Just before the resumption of the Premier League season, Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser for the British government, said at the daily coronavirus briefing that the number of new cases was around 8,000 per day.

“That’s not a low number,” Vallance said.

Some famous players, including Troy Deeney, Sergio Aguero and N’Golo Kante, all expressed concern to return to action when there was still much uncertainty and so much about the virus that remains unknown.

Ralph Rogers, who has worked in the Premier League, told CNN Sport that the players were concerned.

“I can imagine as a player, I would be very worried about going back,” said Dr. Rogers. “Especially because there is so much about this coronavirus [we don’t know] and people are dying. I fully understand that.

“What we know about this virus is we have to do remote socialization. You can’t even get into Waitrose [supermarket] without a distance of six feet, so unless they change the rules of football, it might be a little too early, “added Dr. Rogers.

“This virus is indiscriminate, it will attack anyone.”

Even though the death rate is still increasing rapidly – New data shows the UK has the second highest mortality rate per million in the world – The Premier League, given the green light under government guidelines, continues to advance with plans to restart the season next month.

But the league’s return is in line with the gradual reopening for the rest of the British economy; Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier this week that all non-essential shops will reopen from mid-June.

Rogers said this was a case of “money vs. health” – and at the moment, money seems to be winning.

“This is bigger than just football,” Dr. Rogers. “We have to follow the virus. That’s the problem. This virus will determine what we do in society and unless they change the rules in football, don’t handle, don’t head the ball together … it contacts sports and people get very close to one to each other.

“So there is a great opportunity, a great opportunity for this virus to spread through football and if it were not for the amount of money in football, I didn’t know that we would have this conversation, which, I think, is really the problem that underlies all this.

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“We all want football because it is very attractive to the community. It’s fun, it’s a small layer for how we live, it’s entertainment. But how much does it cost?”

The Premier League was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNN.

More than a week ago, Deeney estimated that “65% to 75%” players were worried about upcoming contact training and that number was “even higher” for those who thought this season would not be continued.

Captain Watford openly chose not to return to the first phase of training, the decision he received abuse – “I hope your son has coronavirus,” one person told him – but he will return for phase two.

Deeney said improved communication with the Premier League had been a factor, but added there was also an element of resignation that the players could no longer prevent the league from restarting.

“I really think a lot of players must come to the conclusion that it happened,” he told CNN. “There is [a sense of]: “We can’t stop it.”

“In the end, everyone knows this is happening, the season is over and you control what can be controlled, what we have to do.”

Fear of player BAME

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released in early May show that blacks in England and Wales are over four times more likely to die from coronavirus than white people.

Even when removing socioeconomic factors, statistics find that they are still almost twice as likely to die from Covid-19. The reason why remains unclear.

When it was first announced that Premier League clubs would return to training, Deeney was one of a number of black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) players who expressed concern about the statistics, thus asking the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) to ask Premier League to carry out further research into numbers.

“It is fair to recognize that there is an increased risk in the BAME group,” Dr. Mark Gillett, Chief Medical Advisor of the Premier League, at a recent briefing.

“In mitigating that the risk to fit young athletes is still very, very small and I think that is an important factor. I return to the fact that we are trying to create the safest work environment we can for these people.

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“I’m glad we have mitigated all the risks that we can understand at this time and then when more information is available, we will do everything we can to mitigate that too. We will definitely move with him in real time as more information is available. “

Deeney also praised the way the Premier League has handled its worries since he first spoke.

Captain Watford said he had now had “four or five” meetings with the league and had also spoken with Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the British government, who had removed some of his fears.

Deeney said he was aware that as a professional soccer player, even one from BAME’s background, the risk of him suffering from serious health problems because Covid-19 was very low.

However, the risk of passing it on to friends and family is what worries him the most; Deeney has a five-month-old son who was born prematurely and has difficulty breathing.

“When I talk about black players, it’s not necessarily me, it’s if we go home to mom, dad,” he said. “We have a player on our team who lives with his parents and his grandparents lives with him, and he’s from [minority] ethnicity.

“So not only is he at risk, but then going home he puts people who are definitely in the higher risk category [in danger]. “

After lengthy talks with the Premier League and Van-Tam, Deeney said some of the effects of Covid-19’s improved health were due to cultural behavior towards disease.

“Black people don’t go to the doctor very often,” he explained. “We will wait until the last minute, we get symptoms but we don’t have to go straight to the doctor, we will try and wait a little.

“Economically too, depending on where you come from and the area where you live, all of which can hit but, in the end, they will say to soccer players that we are not included in that category.

“But that’s also a bigger picture of our family and it’s more important to me than a few pounds in our back pockets.”

Coronavirus fee

The pandemic could cost Britain as much as £ 298 billion [$368B] for the current financial year, according to the Budget Responsibility Office.

Apart from the multi-million dollar salary, transfer fees, and billion-dollar broadcast deal, the football industry has also felt the financial impact of the corona virus.

He a stakeholder meeting earlier this month, top clubs across Europe estimate they could lose up to £ 6.2 billion [$7.7B] if the current season cannot be completed.

Dr Rogers said he had spoken privately with fellow medical professionals and most agreed on the reasons why football was trying desperately for the current campaign to resume.

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“The same thing I said, it’s all about money,” he said. “I don’t want to say it so clearly, but people want this to be open, you know, this is business. My colleagues, people I know in sports medicine basically say that we have to take care of the health of the players .

“One of the jobs that I do is in emergency care and I can remember the first weeks of work, I’m afraid, I’m not afraid to say I’m afraid. I can’t say I’m not too scared but I’m trying to put it in the back of my mind now and continue my work but this is serious.

“This is a very serious virus and people who are not in the medical field must be afraid. This is football, this is a game. I realize it is business but in the end, it is a game and there are more important things than football. – I hate to say it even though I’m a football fan, but people are dying here. “

Independent study published last year by Ernst and Young revealed that the Premier League and its clubs contributed £ 3.3 billion [$4B] in taxes and add £ 7.6 [$9.3B] billion for British gross domestic product only in the 2016/17 season.

Nearly 100,000 jobs in the UK are supported by the league and almost all of them will feel the economic impact of this pandemic, but it is not the high-paid players or coaches who are most affected.

“Think about the people who clean the booths, think about the people who sell hot dogs, there are very few reasons why football is so important in this economy, and you begin to see how important that is,” Rogers said.

“This is a business so they want to start again but, again, I really understand the players’ concerns. There will be opportunities for people to touch each other for close contact and opportunities for people to transmit this virus.”

Despite ongoing concerns about player safety, the Premier League will return on June 17 – and seeing the German Bundesliga, which has now entered its third-round match since returning, will give hope that it can be done safely.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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